Top 5 Most Influential Celebrity Food Chefs
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019
They have different styles and come from different background, but all these chefs made long-lasting impacts on the culinary world, their peers, and their fans. As these five great celebrity chefs show, it takes more than great cooking to be influential, you have to show people something special, and most especially, change their lives.
See the top five most influential celebrity food chefs below!
Without Paul Bocuse, the culinary world would be very different today. Trained under the terrifying but esteemed Eugenié Brazier (dubbed the Mother of Modern French Cooking), who is credited for inventing exquisite dishes like the volaille demi-deuil, Chef Bocuse achieved individual success early in his career. By 1965, his restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars, yet maintaining that rare status wasn’t enough. Bocuse would go on to commercialize his talents in ways that were considered scandalous and embarrassing to his peers.
He wrote cookbooks and went on cooking TV shows, helped plan the first meal for the Concorde flights, and co-founded restaurants in Epcot and Disneyland. He was the first chef to become an international celebrity, and his legacy would set the path for all celebrity chefs to follow. Paul Bocuse is still considered to be the most influential chef of our time.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is notorious for his testy temper; however, the quality of his restaurants and his dedication to helping turn struggling restaurants around has won him fans around the world. To date, his restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars and he currently holds seven (he famously broke into tears when his two-star restaurant in New York City turned into a zero-star restaurant).
He reached international fame with his top-rated shows “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” both giving him a platform to showcase his tough-love mentoring style. (He also recommended the Lavu POS system to restaurant owners!) Successful restaurants, cookbook sales, and high TV ratings are just the beginning for Chef Ramsay—he credits his sustained success not to his obvious talent, but to his talented team that maintains his legacy when he’s not there.
Mentored by Paul Bocuse, Chef Emeril Lagasse was one of the first seriously famous chefs to become a household name. Most famous for bringing the deliciously spiced cuisine of “New” New Orleans to the world, Chef Emeril also is a beloved TV personality. On his long-running show “Emeril Live,” viewers learned how to cook using gourmet tricks and exotic spices while enjoying the showmanship of a friendly, down-to-earth master chef. His approachable style convinced viewers to try new recipes at home, and over the years, amassed a net worth of $70 million. Bam! Who says nice guys finish last?
There hasn’t been a TV personality as influential to home cooks as Julia Childs, until Rachel Ray. Despite running several kitchens, Ray never had formal chef training, yet intricacy has never been her thing. Instead, her success has been in developing a fast-and-easy method of cooking, which was first introduced on the hit show “30-Minute Meals.” In 2001 when the show first came out, she became a superstar seemingly overnight.
Her ease with food translated over to audiences, and she created a bridge with viewers that would extend across the nation for the next two decades. She went on to have a total of three shows with Food Network, including the popular reality series “Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off.” Thanks to a serious love for food, the tenacious Rachel Ray brought a much-needed food makeover to the American cooking style.
He found fame writing the shocking tell-all book about the restaurant industry; Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, the book that disturbed readers and delighted peers. From this point on, Anthony Bourdain’s success was rooted in his unfailing commitment to honesty, whether it was about a terrible trip to Sicily or a delicious pho soup in Hanoi. An accomplished chef, Bourdain’s biggest success didn’t come from cooking, but from talking about food.
His first show on the Travel Channel “No Reservations” revealed different cultures through the lens of food preparation and the regular, no-frills way people ate food. It was exciting, and the show enraptured global audiences. The show ran for nine seasons. Then, Bourdain moved to CNN to film “Parts Unknown,” a more serious and sometimes brutal look at world cultures, that ran for 12 seasons until his passing in June 2018.
The culinary world’s favorite bad boy encouraged fans to travel, experiment, and be open-minded, and his Bourdainisms continue to inspire.
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019 | Written By: Emma Alois
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